Bioproducer Inks Remote Monitoring Pact

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 05:10 PM gHale

Bioproducts and bioenergy producer, Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, and ABB signed a deal to connect ABB electrical systems at the Äänekoski bioproduct mill to the ABB Ability Collaborative Operations solution portfolio.

This includes remote monitoring of electrical systems using cloud services, and remote access to ABB experts that could increase the performance and reliability of electrical systems.

ABB supplied the Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski in Central Finland in 2016 with an electrification solution including the mill’s entire electrical power distribution system and process electrification.

Metsä Fibre and ABB now signed an agreement to connect a considerable number of the supplied devices to ABB Ability Collaborative Operations. The pact will enable remote monitoring of functionality and availability of the electrical devices and electrical systems through Metsä Fibre as well as experts and allow real-time collaboration.

“This gives us an at-a-glance overview of the status of all of ABB electrical devices connected to the system. We can see what level of stress the frequency converters are under, and can monitor their condition and react to deviations proactively,” said Botnia Mill Service’s Ossi Puromäki, who is in charge of the bioproduct mill’s lifecycle contracts.
Collaborative Operations provides performance management, remote monitoring and preventive analysis technologies to ensure security, and improve efficiency and productivity in various industries. ABB Collaborative Operations Centers connects people in enterprise-wide production facilities and headquarters to ABB’s technology and expertise.
The electrical power distribution system at the mill includes 650 frequency converters alone. Condition monitoring is also facilitated by extensive device-specific alarms and as ABB Ability presents its data in the cloud, ABB experts can provide instant support in tackling problems.

“Monitoring helps us to do maintenance on the right device at the right time, instead of simply servicing all devices at predefined intervals. This will optimize both costs and quality of upkeep,” Puromäki said.
“Our mill’s most important performance indicator is its availability rate, which we target to maintain at 98 per cent and above on an annual rate. Maintenance plays a critical role in ensuring this high level of performance,” said Timo Merikallio, project director of bioproduct mill project. ”At the same time, we simply don’t have all expertise at the mill. Therefore, maintenance based on cooperation with trusted partners is key for us.”

The Metsä Fibre site will primarily be monitored from the Helsinki ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center, which ABB opened in October.

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